• Hotel Héritage, Cognac

    Right in the heart of Cognac, the Héritage Hotel makes the perfect base for exploring this delightful and historic town. 

    Built in 1635, this former town house is now a welcoming, modern hotel which successfully combines tradition and eccentricity in one unforgettable package

    Each bedroom invites guests to enjoy a virtual journey to their dream destination. Set out on an unusual world tour and enjoy the atmosphere of Shanghai, Marrakesh, or California.  You and your children will love the brilliant colours of the bedrooms that include vibrant candy pink, soothing blue and bright green.

    Share a relaxed family breakfast in front of the fire or on the terrace, depending on the weather. Gourmets will love the authentic dishes in the Héritage’s restaurant which specialises in local produce and traditional dishes, some of them from old recipes. 

    Before you leave for your next adventure, take a guided tour of one of the famous Cognac houses to learn the story behind this iconic drink with the unmistakeable flavour – strictly parents only!  But keep the children happy by take a cruise on the Charente in a traditional flat-bottomed boat.

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  • Château de l'Yeuse

    Cognac and the surrounding area offer style, chic and traditional charm. Experience them all in one weekend by booking a room at the Château de l’Yeuse, a chateau-hotel close to the centre of Cognac, which combines modern comforts with a cosy, classy atmosphere.  

    Drop into the Tourist Office to reserve a guided tour of the Old Town – you’ll find out about Cognac’s Renaissance heritage, its beautiful buildings and fascinating churches. Then experience more stylish living on board La Dame Jeanne, a traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat, for a relaxing cruise on the Charente. King Henri IV once described the river as ‘the most beautiful stream in France’ and 400 years later, it’is still enchantingly pretty.   

    Put the finishing touches to your stay with a visit to a Cognac vineyard in a classic Roadster dating back at least 20 years. An atmospheric and unforgettable trip which just oozes style!

    Cognac Hennessy

    And while you’re in Cognac, don’t miss the headquarters of Hennessy, founded in 1765.  Learn all about this 100-year brandy and enjoy a tasting before leaving with a bottle of your favourite label.

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  • Family fun at Futuroscope amusement park CRTPC©O Héral / M Vimenet / Getty Images / Parc du Futuroscope

    With its amazing range of moving-image attractions, Futuroscope is a destination for all ages with new attractions added every year. Enjoy 3D, 4D and Imax movies; test your skills on the interactive experiences; and take your seat beneath the stars for the fantastic new evening show, Lady O.

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    But there is plenty more to enjoy within an easy drive of Futuroscope. Cognac is synonymous the world over with good living, relaxation and centuries of tradition and expertise, and you can experience them all by adding on a short break to the vineyards of Cognac Country.

    The town of Cognac makes an atmospheric base with its ancient streets, cognac discovery centres, and the headquarters of many world-famous brands. Take a cellar tour to discover the secrets of blending cognac; walk the banks of the Charente river; and take in the Château des Valois, birthplace of French king François I in 1494.

    Hotel Heritage, Modern times room, Cognac

    Enjoy the atmosphere of the Hôtel Heritage in the town centre, a historic private mansion that was largely rebuilt in the 19th century and is now classified as ‘Hôtel de Charme’. Sympathetically restored, the hotel’s essential character has been preserved by the current owners who have added exotic flashes of contemporary colour. The restaurant menu ensures that every guest enjoys a true flavour of Cognac country.

    Explore the self-drive Cognac Trails linking producers, vineyards and villages, and stop off for tastings of cognac and Pineau des Charentes aperitif.

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  • Domaine de Dienné tree house, Poitiers country

    Unusual accommodation surrounded by nature

    Share a unique experience with your family in an amazing natural environment, less than half an hour from Poitiers and Futuroscope.

    The Domaine de Dienné stands in a vast 47-hectare estate that includes 17 hectares of forest and pools.  Enjoy a relaxing, chill-out stay or an activity break in the great outdoors – the choice is yours.

    The accommodation here is really something out of the ordinary.  Sleep in a tree house, a gypsy caravan or a pixie house. You can even lie beneath the stars in a ‘carré d’etoiles’ and watch the night sky through the transparent domed roof of your bedroom.   Whichever you choose, you can expect every possible comfort in completely unspoilt surroundings.

    Children can let off steam with a variety of outdoor activities such as forest adventure trails, horse riding and disc-golf, an innovative game that uses a Frisbee instead of a golf ball. And they can have fun in the heated pool winter and summer.

    Feel like a little pampering yourself? A session in the sauna, hammam or jacuzzi will help you to relax and recharge the batteries ready for another day in this very special location.

    Dienné is just made for sharing fun and laughter – your kids will love it. And so will you!

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  • Hotel Les Gollandières, Ile de Ré

    Family hotel on holiday island Ile de Ré

    What could be nicer than staying in a hotel where you can leave the car behind and go everywhere on foot or by bike? On the south coast of the Ile de Ré, just 100 metres from the centre of Le Bois Plage en Ré and 80 metres from the beach, Les Gollandières hotel enjoys a perfect situation.

    But the hotel isn’t just about location. Situated in the middle of a wooded park, Les Gollandières offers spacious, comfortable bedrooms with views over the garden so you can really make the most of the tranquil surroundings. Let the children swim in the pool and enjoy some quiet relaxation in the sunshine from the comfort of a deckchair.

    Just a short walk away, you can enjoy the fine sands and clean waters of the magnificent Gollandières beach. Your children will love making sand castles and searching for shells on this idyllic beach. 

    Explore the charming village of Le Bois Plage and tempt your tastebuds by browsing the market stalls laden with local food specialities, which you can try later in the hotel restaurant.

    The perfect way to enjoy the laidback lifestyle of Ile de Ré on a seaside family holiday.

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  • Campsite La Côte Sauvage, Ile de Ré

    Nature break beside the sea: experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré

    Experience the relaxed lifestyle of the Ile de Ré at the Camping de la Côte Sauvage in Saint Clément des Baleines at the tip of the island.

    Whether you come by camping car, caravan or with your tent, sleep in a bungalow or in a Mongolian yurt, you’ll be struck by the tranquillity of a campsite sheltered by a sand dune and linked to the beach by a path.

    If you love nature, this campsite is definitely for you.  Awarded a European Ecolabel for its environmentally-friendly practices, the site uses renewable energy, restricts waste, and operates water-saving measures. So guests can enjoy an unforgettable stay in harmony with the natural world.

    Be super green and swop your vehicle for a bicycle, the best way to discover the charms of the Ile de Ré. Climb to the top of the Phare des Baleines lighthouse for a panoramic view and take an atmospheric walk through the salt marshes.The whole family can relax together in this glorious location.

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